Fujian promises to begin supplying water to Kinmen soon
The head of Fujian province ( ) on Wednesday said his province would do its best to complete a project to supply water to Kinmen ahead of schedule after Taiwan requested that the timetable be moved forward.
Taiwan’s top negotiator with China, Lin Join- sane ( ), brought up the request during a meeting with Fujian Governor Su Shulin ( ) on Wednesday.
Thanking Fujian to agree to sell water to Kinmen, a Taiwan-held island group just kilometers off China’s southeastern coast that is often short of fresh water, Lin said he hoped water could be supplied before 2017 when the project is expected to be completed.
Work on the project began this year, “but the supply of water will not take place until 2017 under current plans. (I) hope the deadline can be moved ahead,” Lin said.
Su replied that the Fujian side will do its utmost to complete the water supply project and begin pumping water to Kinmen as soon as possible.
Apart from water, Kinmen has also asked Fujian to supply elec- tricity and natural gas and build a bridge connecting Kinmen and China, Su said. “These are things that people in Kinmen want and that Fujian is willing to provide.”
Saying he was aware of Taiwanese people’s wish for peace between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait, Su suggested the two sides should increase cooperation and reduce confrontation.
“Confrontation can do nothing but cause disasters,” he said.
Lin, who chairs Taiwan’s semiofficial Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF, ), visited Su a day after he attended a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Chen Deming ( ), head of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS, ), in Fuzhou.
In the latest summit talks between SEF and ARATS, the 11th round of formal talks between the two bodies since 2008, the two sides signed agreements on double taxation avoidance and aviation safety.
SEF and ARATS are intermediary bodies founded by Taiwan and China to handle cross-strait affairs in the absence of formal ties.